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Decorative Arts & Crafts

Get inspired by Colonial Williamsburg's extensive collection of material culture from early America on view at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, and the traditions started by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller during the restoration of the historic area. 

  • Craft: An American History | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Craft: An American History

    At the center of the United States' economic and social development, according to conventional wisdom, are industry and technology—while craftspeople and handmade objects are relegated to a bygone past. Renowned historian Glenn Adamson turns that...
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  • Bricks: Now and Then | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Bricks: Now and Then

    “Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.” - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Buildings made of brick are found in very different epochs and cultures all over the world. Always astonishing, the qualities of...
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  • The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty

    Ever wondered how Marie Antoinette achieved her sky-high hairstyle or how women in the 1700s created their voluminous frizz hairdos? The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty answers all your Georgian beauty questions―and teaches you all you need...
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  • Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg

    Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg

    Virginia, of course, is famous for its hospitality. Drawing on that tradition, here's a treasure trove of ideas for celebrating special occasions throughout the year. From a winter anniversary to a spring wedding, a Fourth of July picnic to a children's...
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  • Colonial Williamsburg Decorates for Christmas Colonial Williamsburg Decorates for Christmas

    Colonial Williamsburg Decorates for Christmas

    The beauty of a Williamsburg Christmas can be yours every year with this how-to book. Directions for making 42 gorgeous decorations, including 249 step-by-step drawings and 35 color illustrations, will help you create the perfect holiday atmosphere in...
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  • Early Upholstery Seating

    Early Upholstery Seating

    Watch a feature about our restoration expert, Leroy Graves, on CBS Sunday Morning. Leading Colonial Williamsburg conservator Leroy Graves has changed the way collectors and museums regard historic upholstery. Little upholstery from the eighteenth and...
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  • Organic Fiber Dyeing

    Organic Fiber Dyeing

    Traditional Dyes for Modern Fabric Lovers. Color, color, and more color-dyeing fabric was just as important to the citizens of 18th-century America in places such as Williamsburg, Virginia, as it is to today's quilters and fabric artists. Using...
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